Contact Information

  • Paul T. Anastas
  • Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering
  • School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • Yale

Introduction to Green Chemistry

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Introduction to Green Chemistry is a short and simple tutorial to help students to get acquainted with the twelve principles of green chemistry and the principles. This module provides an introduction to the concepts, ideals and advances in green chemistry.

This module is one of nineteen end-of-chapter modules that integrate green chemistry with specific chemistry concepts within each chapter. This module includes four web investigations, two separate exercises focused on communicating findings using a variety of reporting strategies and one cooperative exercise. This material is included in chapter one "Chemistry."

Summary prepared by Dana Garves, University of Oregon.


Hill, J. W.; Kolb, D. K. Chemistry for Changing Times, Print 2007; pp 34-35.

Category Descriptors

Green Chemistry Principles
  • Analyze in Real-Time to Prevent Pollution
  • Avoid Chemical Derivatives
  • Design for Degradation
  • Design Less Hazardous Chemical Syntheses
  • Design Safer Chemicals and Products
  • Increase Energy Efficiency
  • Maximize Atom Economy
  • Minimize the Potential for Accidents
  • Prevent Waste
  • Use Catalysts
  • Use Renewable Feedstocks
  • Use Safer Solvents/Reaction Conditions
Chemistry Subdiscipline
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
Target Audience
  • Colleges/Universities
  • General Public
  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Books